A First in the US: Tabassum, the Uzbek Food Truck Serves Samsa and Plov, including Halal, Vegan, Vegetarian and Traditional menu options.
The West Coast's first Uzbek food truck, Tabassum, serves Seattle and Eastside neighborhoods across Western Washington offering lunch and dinner via the truck... plus catering pop-up events and celebrations all around the area! Back in Uzbekistan, Tabassum founder Suriya Yunusov and her family enjoyed traditional samsa hand-pies, and now they're serving them here. Seattle magazine gave an outstanding review of Tabassum's Plov dish while Eater Seattle, Seattle Weekly, 425 Magazine and more have spread the word about this central Asian food truck and caterer.
Suriya explains, “These tasty buns are one of Central Asia's most popular street foods. Every Uzbek family has a favorite samsa recipe, and we do too,” says Suriya. “We're bringing the authentic spices and flavors to Northwest streets wrapped all in a flaky bundle of puff pastry.” The menu includes a variety of samsa (beef, butternut squash, vegan, vegetarian and chicken curry), plov with halal beef, salads (beet and carrot), Uzbek mixed berry baklava and beverages.
"The flavors of Uzbekistan are rooted in its place. There's lots of sun—and colors. So many colors! When you walk through an oriental bazaar in the summer there's an intoxicating aroma of fruits and a delicious smell of street food. Samsa is a staple.
Every family and region has their own distinct take on a samsa recipe. Samsa are known as sambosa in Afghanistan, samosa in India, sambusa in Iran and samsa in Pakistan.
My parents were from Northwestern China. My mom taught me her recipe, which, in turn, was her mother's. But I've made it my own which may make my mom roll her eyes, but keeps things fun.
Beef samsa and butternut squash samsa are both very traditional in Central Asia. And plov is very Uzbek too. It's a rice and garbanzo bean dish that is laced with cumin and has a smattering of sweet raisins. Halal beef tops it. Every party in an Uzbek family has plov on the menu. So we're excited to have started serving it.
Vibrant beets and carrots are traditional too so, of course we offer salads of each.
Back in Uzbekistan my fondest food memory is of dinner parties… always with an amazing variety of foods. The rule? You must try everything and keep your plate full to make your hostess happy-- because she spent many, many hours cooking and preparing every single thing from scratch!
Being mobile, we can pull up anywhere and bring the party to you. I love that. To see people enjoying your food is the very best. I'm like that hostess back home, hoping everyone is eating and enjoying. And if they smile? Well, then my day has been made!"
About Tabassum, a first in the Pacific Northwest: In a region tucked between the Caspian Sea, China and Russia you'll find a comfort food called samsa with roots nearly as far back as the routes of the Silk Road. Today these tasty buns are one of Central Asia's most popular street foods. (*Tabassum is the Uzbek word for “smile”.) How do people like Suriya's version? “Wonderful, tasty and inexpensive,” one reviewer wrote.
Tabassum serves puff pastry filled samsa hand pies including: Butternut Squash Samsa $5 (Roasted butternut squash with garlic and cumin), Beef Samsa $5 (Sautéed ground beef (Halal) and onion with cumin,) Chicken Curry Samsa $5 (Chicken with curry and green peas,) and a mixed berry Baklava $3. The menu also offers Beet Salad $3 (A tangy, sweet salad showcasing fresh beets) and Carrot Salad $3 (Shredded carrots tossed in a zesty vinaigrette.) The dishes come pre-portioned, fresh and ready to serve... so your guests have no wait in line. And it's all served with a smile, the Tabassum way.